Ryan Hampton: AMERICAN FIX (w/ Maia Szalavitz)
Tuesday August 28: 7:00PM – 8:00PM
Buy a copy of American Fix or a $15 gift card in-store at the event to attend. This event will take place in the Rare Book Room, located on the 3rd floor of the Strand and accessible via the stairs or elevator next door at 826 Broadway.
“The opioid crisis affects so many all across America — I’m proud that Ryan found help and is now helping others.” —President Bill Clinton
“You can feel Ryan Hampton's passion, outrage, and hope. American Fix is the social justice call to action we need to put an end to this generation's most urgent public health crisis. This book will make you rethink everything you know about addiction.” —Van Jones, Author, CNN Host, and Founder of #cut50 and the Dream Corps
Most Americans know someone who has been affected by the opioid epidemic, or has been affected his or herself. Addiction is an issue that impacts individuals from every walk of life, spurred on by a pharmaceutical industry with a direct financial interest in encouraging the abuse of prescription painkillers. Millions of Americans, tired of watching their loved ones die while politicians ignore this issue, are asking themselves: Where is the hope? Where's the outrage? What is the solution?
Ryan Hampton, a young man who has made addiction and recovery reform his life's mission, hopes to provide that solution. Through his organization Facing Addiction, Hampton has become the center of America’s rising recovery movement. As a person in recovery from heroin addiction himself, he understands firsthand how easy it is to develop a dependency on opioids, and how destructive that dependency can quickly become. Now, he is waging a permanent campaign to change our way of thinking about and addressing addiction in this country. In American Fix, Hampton discusses his own struggle with addiction, outlines the challenges that the recovery movement currently faces, and offers a concrete plan of action towards making America’s addiction crisis a thing of the past.
Join us as advocate Ryan Hampton shares his work and the truth behind the opioid addiction crisis alongside Maia Szalavitz, reporter and author of Unbroken Brain: A Revolutionary New Way of Understanding Addiction.
RYAN HAMPTON serves as an outreach lead and recovery advocate for Facing Addiction, a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to ending the addiction crisis in America. He has worked with multiple non-profits across the country and served in a staff capacity for various political campaigns. A former White House staffer, Hampton has recovered from 10 years of active heroin use. He is a leading voice in America's rising recovery movement. His interviews have appeared on NPR and HLN, and in Forbes, Slate, the Wall Street Journal, and others. He lives in California.
MAIA SZALAVITZ is the author of the New York Times bestseller, Unbroken Brain: A Revolutionary New Way of Understanding Addiction and author or co-author of six other books. She is one of the premier American journalists covering addiction and drugs. Her book, Help at Any Cost: How the Troubled Teen Industry Cons Parents and Hurts Kids was the first book-length exposé of the “tough love” business that dominates addiction treatment. She has written for numerous major publications from High Times to the New York Times, including TIME, the Washington Post, the Guardian, VICE, Scientific American, and the Atlantic.